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Women launch battle for gay marriage February 3, 2006

Posted by igualdadenocasamento in Imprensa Estrangeira, Portugal, Teresa & Helena.
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LISBON — A Portuguese public registration office yesterday rejected an application by two women to get married, prompting them to launch a legal battle to legalise homosexual marriage.

Teresa and Lena had left their marriage application in Lisbon the previous day, but were anticipating a negative response and had prepared a court appeal.

The women, who live together with the daughter of one of them, say they are prepared to take their cause all the way to the European Court of Human Rights.

The women’s lawyer is arguing that legislation prohibiting same- sex marriage contradicts the constitution, which bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Portugal’s governing Socialists and opposition conservatives have said homosexual marriage is not among their priorities. Justice Minister Antonio Costa said the government had no plans to modify the law in question.

The Left Bloc called for a parliamentary discussion on homosexual marriage.

Khaleej Times (Emiratos Árabes Unidos)

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